Quench your thirst for thrill and acquaint yourself with glimpses of nature's true beauty by undertaking the Bhrigu Lake trek. It is one of the few treks in the country, which is rich in history, adventure, and mythology. One of the most gorgeous trails an adventurer can tread on, brimming with stories of the past and exquisite displays of the present, the Bhrigu trek offers amazing experiences. This trek is situated in Himachal Pradesh, around twenty kilometers north of Manali, and can be easily accessed from Gulaba. Saint Maharishi Bhrigu choose this place for his deep meditation. The best thing about this trek is that it offers different shades of nature during different times of the year. From the frozen lake and snow-covered peaks in winter to lush green flora in the spring with beautiful brown leaves and open meadows in autumn, you can never get enough of its beauty.
As you continue your expedition, you'll find yourself wrapped tenderly by the vibrant meadows, filled to the brim with maple and pine trees. The vibrant meadows on the Bhrigu Lake trek stretch endlessly like a beautiful carpet, and the wild horses running around you. The Bhrigu Lake trek gives every adventurer the opportunity to explore themselves mentally and spiritually as they interact with nature on an intimate level.
Maximum altitude- 14,100 ft
Duration- 4 days
Trekking distance- 25 km
Trail type- Round trail. The Bhrigu Lake trek starts and ends at Manali.
Railhead- The nearest rail head to the base camp is Pathankot.
Airport- Bhuntar is the nearest airport, located around fifty kilometers from Manali.
Snow Season- All year round except monsoon. Snowfall is prevalent, especially during the latter part of June and early July.
Service from Base camp- Manali to Manali
Best season- June to September.In June, you get the perfect combination of both snow and greenery, making the trek spectacular.
Region: This trek is situated in Himachal Pradesh, around twenty kilometers north of Manali, and can be easily accessed from Gulaba.
Who can participate: Both beginners and advanced climbers.
DAY 1 -Reach Manali, and spend your entire day at your leisure at your campsite or visit the famous temples like Hadimba Devi Temple and Manu Temple.
DAY 2 -Reach Gulaba’s base village from here, trek towards Gulaba and Roli Kholi campsite.
DAY 3 -Trek to Bhrigu Lake from Rola Kholi soaking in the breathtaking vistas of the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges.
DAY 4 -Check out of your camp and descend towards Kulang village. From Kulang village a vehicle will take you to Manali and the trip will finally end.
Arrive at Manali
On the first day, you'll arrive at Manali. Spend the rest of the day exploring the beautiful surroundings and relaxing at your campsite.
You can also visit the Hadimba Devi Temple which is a sanctum of peace and eternal bliss.
You can also head to the Vashisht Temple, Manu Temple to get the blessings of god.
Your next stop can be the Tibetan Monastery that is surrounded by shops selling carpets and handicrafts.
In the evening head to the Mall road and enjoy the local delicacies and shop for handicrafts and local items.
Return to your campsite in the evening and enjoy a lip-smacking dinner.
You must keep the disclaimer certificate which is a legal requirement to undertake this Trek. Download the PDF of the certificate, read it carefully and sign it. You must hand it over to your Trek Leader at the base camp during the registration process.
The first part of the medical certificate must be signed by a registered MBBS doctor. You need to fill in the second part. Without the medical certificate, you won't be issued permission for your Trek.
To participate in the Trek, you'll have to bring your photocopy and original driver's license, passport, or Aadhar Card. The forest department requires this for your identification. You'll also need to submit a NOC form with your signature and your passport-size photos.
Carry a woolen cap for both the night and day camp.
Carry a poncho or raincoat to protect yourself against snowfall or rain during the trek.
Full-sleeve t-shirts can protect you against sunburn and will dry fast if it gets wet.
Carry thermals for night stay and three pairs of woolen socks.
Carry trekking shoes with good ankle support and grip.
Carry waterproof and warm gloves.
Carry a torch or headlamp for night usage.
Every participant should carry their own water bottle and lunch box.
Bhrigu Lake is a mythological lake named after the saint Maharishi Bhrigu. It is believed that Maharishi Bhrigu, one of the famous Saptarishis, meditated beside Bhrigu Lake.
But what is worth noticing is that the lake rests between two high-altitude ridges and its setting doesn't seem perfect for inward reflection. Moreover, from the lake, you can see some of the most gigantic and famous Himalayan ranges too. Right in front of you are the Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal ranges. Also, major peaks such as Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba, and Indrasen stand majestically before you.It is believed that the lake can never totally freeze because Saptrishi Bhrigu meditated here. He tried to do suicide in the Bhrigu river, but the Mother River stopped him. This legend is associated with the creation of blue ice and emerald green patterns upon the lake. The locals believe that the meditations of Maharishi Bhrigu purified the lake and the area around it. This is a sacred lake for the locals, and camping close to the lake is strictly prohibited to protect its sanctity. Other than Saptrishi Bhrigu, several devas and sages are also said to have bathed in this river. As a result, it is known as the 'pool of Gods.'
Full of nature's wonders, the Bhrigu Lake trek guarantees a rewarding climb for both seasoned and beginners. Numerous deities of the Kullu Valley have taken a dip in the Bhrigu Lake's holy water, which is why Hindus regard the lake as divine. The lake offers the spectacle of alpine flora, emerald green grass, and chunks of floating ice. Bhrigu Lake trail consists of a beautiful stretch of grassland accompanied by a carpet of lush green meadows. This trek also gives you a chance to witness some of the highest Himalayan peaks, including Deo Tibba, Indrasen peak, and Hanuman Tibba.